This week, we’re thinking about the importance of sleep. In her book The Sleep Revolution, Arianna Huffington, world-renowned author and co-founder of The Huffington Post + Thrive Global, writes the following:
We need sleep to function well in our daily lives. Sounds obvious, right? But the reality is, most adults get far less sleep than what is necessary. According to a recent Gallup poll, over 40% of Americans get less than 7 hours of sleep a night. And as we scroll through Instagram, we often see posts that say “sleep is for the weak” and “you snooze, you lose”, which make us believe that not sleeping is a symbol of strength. It's not. Research (and experience!) shows that we can't skip out on great sleep – it's just as important to us as food and water!
The benefits of pillow-hugging, “wrapped all up in a blanket” sleep are countless! Good quality sleep can reduce stress, help us think clearer, and give our immune systems a boost. While we may not be physically active during this period, our brain is processing the events of our day and strengthening our bodies. 💪
Sleep also gives us the opportunity to connect with ourselves – as the Dalai Lama said, “sleep is the best meditation”. And similar to meditation, sleep is a practice. It may take time to develop good sleeping habits, but it can do wonders for your well-being. If you’re having trouble sleeping, consider how you could inspire a calm mindset before you sleep – one way to do so is by practising mindfulness and shifting your thoughts to become aware of the present.
Sleep is one of the most important components of self-care! Tonight (and every night), #treatyourself to a good night’s sleep. 😴
We'd love to hear from you!
Are you getting the sleep you need? How do you give attention to your sleeping habits? What are some rituals that help you go to sleep?
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